Athens: 108 Park Ave · Athens, GA 30601 · 706.546.1333
Lavonia: 12605 Augusta Road · Lavonia, GA 30553 · 706.356.1333
( Serving Royston, Toccoa, Hartwell, and NE Ga. )

Have Neck Pain or Back Pain in Athens Ga?

superspineWelcome to, the web-address of Physicians Back and Neck Clinic, Athens Physical Therapy and Dr. Christopher E. Doerr in Athens, Georgia and Lavonia, Georgia.

For many people, the most frustrating aspect of having back pain or neck pain is getting understandable answers and learning which specific treatment option would be best for the problem. Why do I have back pain? Whom should I see for this problem? Do I need X-rays or an MRI? Do I need physical therapy, or injections, or surgery? What can I do to help myself?

The right place to start is with a physical medicine evaluation by a physician who concentrates upon spine injuries and conditions. Dr. Doerr and his staff have more than 12 years of experience in evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients with spine problems, neck, and back pain.  We are the starting point. It is our job to determine who can get better with specialized physical therapy, rehab exercises and spine education, versus who needs referral "up the ladder" for a pain specialist or spine surgical consultation. We will obtain the appropriate studies to help sort out serious conditions from "seriously annoying" ones (and it is important to us that you "see" and understand the diagnoses in order to make educated choices from our recommendations). Fortunately, this "stepped" approach to spine diagnosis and treatment is a shared mindset in Northeast Georgia among our pain specialists, neurosurgeons and spine surgeons.

If we determine that physical therapy is needed - or if you already have a prescription from your personal doctor or specialist for physical therapy - we are pleased to offer the finest, diagnosis-specific spine physical therapy available in the area. Our physical therapists concentrate daily upon back and neck conditions, and combine "high-touch" hands-on therapies with "high-tech" exercises utilizing state-of-the-art physical therapy equipment. With your previous history and films in mind, they perform their own examinations to tailor the appropriate therapy for your specific diagnosis (because treatments that are ideal for one condition can make another condition worse). And, because the physical therapy and physical medicine practices are under one roof, there is direct interaction between the doctor and physical therapist on a daily basis, so any fine-tuning of a therapy plan can be done immediately. We highly value this interactive environment, and cannot envision providing care any other way.

Physical Therapy Question of the Day

I've been diagnosed with a herniated disc. Shouldn't I see a surgeon?

Possibly, but the majority of herniated (ruptured) discs heal without surgery. The size and location of the disc on MRI coupled with particular findings on history and physical exam - such as changes in your bowel and bladder function, reflex changes, or new arm or leg weakness - help to determine if you need to see the surgeon immediately, or can try other treatments. Often, the surgical decision is contingent upon whether or not you have a good response to physical therapy and/or injections. It is important to us that you can understand and even 'see' your problem on your films, so that you are part of the decision-making.. And again, we will stay involved in your care until the problem is definitively treated.

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Physical Therapy Clinics Serving North East Georgia

We have physical offices in Athens, Ga and Lavonia, Ga. However, if you live in Hartwell GA, Royston GA, Toccoa GA, or anywhere in NE GA, we'd love to see you too. Call us, and we'll help you with directions to the office closest to you.

Back and Neck Physical Therapy Services

  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • physical therapy
  • ruptured disk
  • ruptured disc
  • herniated disk
  • herniated disc
  • disk bulge
  • disc bulge
  • spine physical therapy
  • spine rehab
  • back rehab
  • macromastia
  • headaches
  • abdominal pain
  • whiplash
  • muscle spasms